Untitled photo

Work and grocery shopping. Those are my only regular trips of the week.

Most of my Convolution photos are from my trips to and from work, where I have an essential job – apparently – at a non-essential business. This is by far the most dangerous thing I do, given the dual risks of personal contact and Toronto drivers, but grocery shopping would be ranked second for the same reasons. It's also the only time I take the subway, given that the price-fixing chain that I shop at closed the store closest to me because it wasn't making them enough money. Fortunately I have a shopping buggy and I'm not afraid to use it.

Untitled photo

Brussels Sprouts are a manifestation of evil in the world. Angry little balls of hate.

I've tried to mix in photos from the subway and grocery store before, but it's so hard to get the exposure right to let them be seen against photos taken outdoors on a mixed roll. So eventually I set aside a roll of film exclusively for the purpose, and spent over a month of Fridays exposing it. Partly I can do this because I now have a matched pair of 'primary' cameras, but I'll also unload the camera and swap in a different roll of Ortho 80 from time to time. This way I can have 'theme' rolls, shot in specific conditions or places, along side the 'daily' roll that I'll also have in progress. Even when I'm being prolific it can be weeks before I've taken the hundred-plus photos that go into each roll.

Untitled photo

The downside of doing a roll with such a specific theme is that it doesn't really fit with the overall project; I added a few to the convolution.ca gallery, but these three are surplus. Happily – if that's the word for it – my most recent roll was another theme project, but this time from the financial district with a dash of pro-covid propaganda thrown in as well. It mixed subway, indoor, and outdoor photos much more successfully. (Photos numbered 359 through 369.) Given enough time I do learn from experience, or at least make more skillful errors.

Ultimately I suppose that works out to being the same thing.